Two NextGen students at Uxbridge College were recently invited to join the multi-award winning VFX Studio Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) for an inspiring three-day remote work experience placement. Since being founded by George Lucas in 1975, ILM has set the standards for visual effects creating some of the most stunning images in the history of film, having won sixteen Best Visual Effects Oscars for their work on films including Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Students were tasked with responding to a sample moodboard brief from ILM to “Redesign the production of the Jurassic Park car interior scene.” This is similar to a real brief that a VFX Production Designer/Concept Artist within their Art department would receive. Overall thirty one students from eleven NextGen colleges were invited to join the remote programme. The students worked collaboratively with their peers to brainstorm, research and create their moodboards and designs before pitching their work to a panel from ILM.
ILM artists and staff were on hand throughout to support, answer questions and inspire the students who also attended masterclasses on the VFX production pipeline hosted by ILM artists. They were also given access to resources and presentations from the ILM archives to help with their work.
Mohammed Kurdi, a second year student on the Aims Qualifications Level 3 Extended Diploma in games, Animation &VFX at Uxbridge College, said: My work experience at ILM was amazing! Seeing all the hard work that goes into making the top fils was incredible and has helped me gain a new appreciation of the art form!”
Any local young person who is interested in studying Games, Animation and VFX and having the opportunity to learn from industry at Uxbridge College should visit: AIM Awards Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Games, Animation & VFX Skills (uxbridgecollege.ac.uk) for further information of the college’s NextGen programme.